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otoh there are a lot more 1-digit numbers!

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Those are usually the ones that give me trouble...

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Anyway, there are no "base numbers". Any number greater than 1 can be used as a base for a positional system.

And, no matter what number you choose for your base, the representation of that number in that base will be "10" (for instance, 2 in binary is "10"; 3 in base 3 is "10", etc).

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The Tlingit people who lived along the Pacific coast of North America (Washington State and British Columbia) used sort of a "base 8" (there numeration system wasn't, strictly speaking, a "base" system) because they counted on the spacesahrkron said:

Anyway, there are no "base numbers". Any number greater than 1 can be used as a base for a positional system.

And, no matter what number you choose for your base, the representation of that number in that base will be "10" (for instance, 2 in binary is "10"; 3 in base 3 is "10", etc).

(As in- place index finger of right hand between thumb and index finger of left, say "1", place index finger of right hand between index and middle finger of left say "2", etc.)

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Not a stupid question at all.

becase we have 10 fingers.

becase we have 10 fingers.

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Think about it. No matter what base we used, it would still be "10".

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Base 10 is for our daily computation...steersman said:

You dont need to take such a "base" to heart. Modern computers use base 2(-8-16) to represent all the stuff. If you like, you can also define yourself base 3,4,5,6,7 etc. It is not a matter of choice but a matter of which you have to deal with standard and common rules.

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I wonder if the numbers of fingers on a primitive organism determines its future intelligence.

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for the ten and not 10 !

who said we develop already

intelligent mathematics JJ ?

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